by Urvat Il Wuska
SRINAGAR: Residents of various areas of Srinagar are still facing water shortage even after nine months of the breach in Malashahi Bagh Canal.
The canal supplies water to three main treatment plants – Rangil, Shuhama, and Alasteng. Two Lakh people from different areas of Srinagar and Ganderbal are dependent on this canal for drinking and irrigation purposes.
The residents said that most of the affected areas like Soura, Buchpora, Zakura, Malla Bagh, Illahi Bagh and more are suffering a lot of difficulties as they are not able to run their daily household works.
‘’We have to wake up during midnights to fill our water tanks,” a resident of Zakura said, adding that in the times of pandemic being hygienic is need of an hour but we hardly manage to get water for cooking and drinking purposes.”
The residents of Malla Bagh said that they have to collect water from tubewells to meet their daily needs.
The residents said that they approached several higher-ups in this regard but unfortunately nothing has been done so far. “Despite assurances by the authorities, the department has failed to complete the work,” they said.
The residents appealed to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to look into the matter and redress their genuine grievances at earliest so that the people.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal in a tweet said, “Work on Sindh Extension Canal breach at Malshahibagh in progress. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2020.”
Work on Sindh Extension Cannal breach at Malshahibagh in progress. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2020. pic.twitter.com/tTWKbyCsRB
— Shafqat Iqbal (@shafqatiqbal_) September 18, 2020